“I wish I was a flame dancing in a candle
Lighting up your living room high on the mantle
I could bring some romance without any scandal
And then when you were done you’d just put me out.”
As I write these words, I can hear the tune from the Avett Brothers gently rolling through the air at Eastern Market. Charlie sang this sweet song to his new bride after their wedding. Friends and family were gathered around to celebrate the couple, enamored by the serenade.
A collection of sweet moments made the day incredibly special. During the ceremony, Charlie and Maria kept stealing adoring sideways glances at each other. The couple has a deep respect for marriage, which added to the beauty of witnessing their union. I imagine that many in the room were reminiscing their own wedding day—or maybe that was just me! As someone who has photographed many weddings over the years, watching a ceremony that brought me back to my own wedding day was a sweet moment to experience.
Afterward, we headed to Detroit’s Eastern Market to celebrate. I can’t go one more line without obsessing over the florals. Maria is part of the Viviano family, so I expected nothing less than a jaw-dropping design. What I didn’t anticipate was how the floral arrangements perfectly matched Charlie and Maria’s style. (Speaking of style, can we talk about Maria’s adorable cheetah print heels? She completely rocked them!)
During the reception, we snuck out for some golden hour portraits in the warm city air. I was grateful for a tiny lull in the action to catch the last of the sun’s sweet rays.
The couple ended the evening with open dancing, which was the perfect way for their celebration to come to a close.
Charlie and Maria, you are blessed, and I am honored to have photographed your beautiful day.
Engagement Session: Downtown Detroit
Wedding Planner: Angela Butorac with Butorac Events
Ceremony: Solanus Casey Center
Second Camera: Ryan Gauper
Video: Elite Entertainment
Venue: Eastern Market
Florals: Vivianos Flower Shop
Music: Elite Entertainment
Linens: Linens and Beyond
Dinner Music: Golden Strings/Westbound Situation
Catering: Mirage Banquets & Catering
Deserts: Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market